Monash Health has established its first all–gender toilet at Monash Medical Centre, in the corridor opposite Mr Clayton’s gift shop.
The intention is to have one such toilet at each of our hospital sites, helping our Gender Diverse community feel safe and welcomed.
This aligns with our guiding principles to provide experiences that exceed expectations and to orientate care towards our community to optimise access, independence and wellbeing.
Under the Equal Opportunity Act it is illegal to discriminate against a person based on their gender or sexuality.
As LGBTI+ subcommittee chair Denise Owen explains: “For some members of the Gender Diverse community using a public toilet can cause great anxiety and personal discomfort due to negative behaviours directed towards them either unintentionally or intentionally on the basis of their appearance.”
“Gender appointed toilets labelled as male, female or unisex may result in Gender Diverse people feeling a degree of discomfort.”
She says the subcommittee is delighted that at Monash Health we have begun to ensure that every person has access to a toilet that is sensitive to their needs and where they can feel comfortable and secure.
The toilet is not reserved exclusively for our Gender Diverse community and can be used by anyone.
The subcommittee thanked the Monash Medical Centre Site Liaison Officer, David Moyle, the Engineering Department and the Equity and Inclusion program for their support.
“We will continue to work towards establishing these facilities for our Gender Diverse community at each of our hospital sites,” says Denise.
Approved by Karen Lowe – Executive Director, People and Culture